Inspectors from the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division will be searching local shop shelves for a particular brand of hand sanitiser that has been recalled due to health concerns.
Mexican firm Roque Plast S.A. de C.V issued a nationwide recall in the US yesterday of various lots of Commands Antibac instant hand santitiser due to the potential presence of toxic methanol, a potentially fatal ingredient.
The communications department of Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) alerted the local public to the recall, full details of which can be found on the website of the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Spokeswoman for the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division, Jo-Ann Peters, inspectors will have to conduct several checks to determine whether or not the product is in Antigua and Barbuda.
Once it is located, the Ministry of Health will be contacted and the product will be removed from shelves across the twin island nation.
Roque Plast said the recall had been initiated due to purported potential presence of methanol indicated by the FDA when the product was presented for import in the United States.
It was noted that although final analysis results and reports have not been received, out of an abundance of caution and as suggested by the FDA, Roque Plast was recalling the lots.
The company notified its customers and distributors by letter and a press release. Customers, distributors and retailers were advised that the product was being recalled and they should stop use or distribution, and return it to the place of purchase.
Methanol can be dangerous when absorbed through skin or ingested. Substantial exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.